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Addictions Counselling Inverness is a Third Sector organisation based in Inverness, which offers free one-to-one, confidential counselling for adults who are experiencing issues with alcohol, drugs, gambling or other addictive behaviours. We also provide information and advice relating to addiction & substance issues.

Our services are registered with COSCA, Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy.


We are commissioned by NHS Highland to provide our counselling service across Inverness, Nairn and

Badenoch & Strathspey. Our services are delivered mainly from our counselling rooms in Inverness at 108

Church Street but outreach sessions and online & telephone services are also available.


Addictions Counselling Inverness was formed 34 years ago in 1986 and is an integral part of the network of

addictions services within the Inverness area. This network is made up of agencies and services such as

Osprey House (NHS, Addictions Outpatients Service), Beechwood House (Third Sector, Residential Rehabilitation)

and Cale House (Third Sector, Supported Accommodation).

All these services work closely together to ensure that clients get the right support & treatment at the right time.


Our Team

Our service is managed by a Development Manager and a Business Support Officer.

The counselling service is delivered by our team of highly qualified & experienced volunteer counsellors, who

bring a wide range of skills, knowledge & experience to our clients and have either a Diploma in Counselling

(COSCA validated) or Scottish Alcohol Counselling Consortium Advanced Alcohol qualification (COSCA validated).

We also have placement students who are working towards their Counselling Diplomas.

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee oversees the strategic and operational activities of the organisation.


Dominic Thierry, Chair

William Moir, Treasurer

Lesley Newton, Secretary

Lesley Palm, Member Counsellor Rep

Vivian Moir, Member, Family Support

Kate MacLean, Member

Alex Graham, Member


Our Services

Our core service is providing free and confidential one-to-one counselling for those experiencing addiction or

substance misuse issues. We support clients with a range of addiction issues including alcohol, drugs and gambling.

We also provide information and advice on substance misuse and addictions to the public and to professional colleagues.

As a service we make every effort to ensure that our service is client centred, respectful and non-judgemental.

We approach our client care in a holistic & individualised manner and client confidentiality is of paramount importance.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a specialised area of treatment & support which gives people with a variety of issues the space

and time to explore how and why problems (such as alcohol or drug misuse) have developed. It should be

regarded as a complete process which lets counsellor and client work together on helping clients to achieve

lasting change in their lives. By helping people to look at various aspects of their lives, our clients are supported

to develop more understanding & resilience which can enable them to better cope with the up and downs of modern life.

We ensure that our staff and volunteer counsellors

  • Receive appropriate training
  • Receive supervision to ensure that their practice achieves and maintains high standards
  • Work to accepted ethical standards
  • Comply with agency policies and procedures
  • Provide a safe and comfortable environment for our clients


If you have a complaint regarding our service, please refer to our Complaints Policy or alternatively you can refer your complaint to COSCA.


Access to our Annual Report 2022-23

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